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Weather interferes with Welcome Week

January 17, 2011

By Christelle Vereb, Staff Writer

Young Harris College received eight inches of snow on Jan. 10, and the snow quickly turned to ice. This led to two days of cancelled school, a day of delayed start time for YHC and cancellations and rescheduling of events.

Due to severe weather, welcome back week activities planned by the CAB committee were either delayed or cancelled.

“The weather has affected our activities planned for welcome back week greatly. The weather especially affected those events that were scheduled to take place outside. For example, Martin Luther King Day of Service had to be rescheduled because a main proportion of the event was going to be held outside, but the snow is not permitting,” said Rouseline Emmanuel, Director of Campus Activities at YHC.

Events scheduled for welcome back week included bingo night, chapel service, a dance thrown by Zeta Pi fraternity and Phi Alpha Phi sorority, Martin Luther King Day of Service, basketball games for Jan. 10 and 13 and a concert featuring Heath Mcnease.

Some events that took place despite the weather included chapel service, the dance and the Heath Mcnease concert. The Martin Luther King Day of Service was rescheduled for Jan. 22 weather permitting. The basketball games were cancelled.

Students were affected as well by the change of events due to the snow in that they had to find activities indoors to keep warm.

“When I wake up in the morning and see that it is 3 degrees outside, I just want to hibernate until spring. This cold weather has really forced me to stay inside more than before. Therefore, there will be no outside activities for me,” said freshman Erica Brooks, a native of Athens.

Most mornings, the YHC campus entered the day with 5 degree weather. Students have tried to make the best of the snow, but it has now turned to ice, the ice has made it a challenge for students to attend any activities on campus, even if theses events are not cancelled.

“The first day or two, the snow was magical and so much fun, seeing everyone sledding, building snowmen and acting like little kids again was great. Everyone found their own activities. But once the snow turned to ice, it became a challenge to walk around campus,” said Molly Blaschke, a freshman and native of Athens.
According to Emmanuel more events are to be scheduled for students in the next coming months weather permitting.

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